‘The United States will seek talks with North Korea over the reclusive state’s nuclear weapons programme, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.
He is meeting with key allies Japan and South Korea before chairing a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council.
It comes after President Donald Trump warned a “major, major conflict” between the two countries was “absolutely” possible.
Mr Trump has ramped up international tensions in recent weeks after declaring he would solve the North Korea problem with or without China’s help.
During a visit to Seoul last week, Vice-President Mike Pence declared that the “era of strategic patience” was over and “all options” were being considered.’